Bulldogs remain Battle of Scott County Champs
By Konnor McKay
It's hard to forget the big game one year ago close to this date when Waldron's football program took a huge turn for the better. But the best has yet to come. For the first time in at least a decade, Waldron defeated Mansfield for the second consecutive year.
Within the first two plays of offense for the Bulldogs, two touchdowns were scored by Waldron's Levi Hayden and Trey Williams. Waldron quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead within just three minutes into the game.
However, Mansfield wasn't done. After a few adjustments and penalties, Mansfield put their first score on the board last quarter. Making the score 14-6. Levi Franklin, however, added to the scoring in the first quarter with his late quarter touchdown during the last four minutes of the quarter making the score 21-6.
The second quarter was quiet. There was a strong defensive was presence from both sides of the ball. Numerous penalties punished both the Bulldogs and Tigers. However one drive stands out for the bulldogs. With just five minutes remaining in the quarter, the Tigers made it to the Waldron five yard line by putting together several small drives. Unfortunately the Tigers were not able to score due to the fourth-down play by Franklin. Franklin stepped up big for the Bulldog defense and made the tackle at the one yard line allowing no conversion for the Tigers.
Waldron returns to the field during the third quarter to score. Getting the ball to begin the half, Williams bagman to put on a show. After two huge first downs from Williams and a first down from Cole Huddleston, Williams puts in another score for the bulldogs making the score 28-6. We cannot forget the five extra points Williams also converted as Waldron's PAT (point after touchdown) kicker. This game was his first game to attempt kicking field goals.
Mansfield wasn't done though. They answered quickly with a score from quarterback Matt Stovall with 7:26 left in the quarter Mansfield makes the score 28-14. Near the end of the quarter after another big drive coming from Williams, Mason Ford adds another touchdown making the score 35-14. Waldron's Jarrod Starr comes up with a devastating late hit just before a pass is intercepted by Franklin.
The fourth quarter was where things got interesting. Of course, when it's a rival game, things normally do. Waldron's sideline was hit with the plague of leg cramps. Several men who had played hard all evening long, began to run out of muscle juice. Mansfield managed to hold Waldron to no scoring in the fourth, and put up two touchdowns making the score 35-28. However it was too little - too late for the tigers. Waldron ultimately walked away with a victory over the tigers.
Waldron starts the season 1-0. This coming week will be homecoming as Waldron hosts the Cedarville Pirates at Bulldog Stadium Friday at 7 p.m. See you at the game!